Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voting In Progress For Panaji Assembly Constituency Bypoll

Elections 2019: As many as 22,482 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the Panaji constituency and has 30 polling stations.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voting In Progress For Panaji Assembly Constituency Bypoll

As many as 22,482 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in Panaji constituency


PANAJI: 

Voting is in progress for the bypoll to the Panaji assembly constituency since morning, which was necessitated due to the death of former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar in March.

Polling began at 7 am, officials said.

As many as 22,482 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency which covers areas, including the state capital and has 30 polling stations.

Mr Parrikar, who passed away on March 17 battling pancreatic ailment, had represented the constituency for nearly two-and-a-half decades since 1994.

Six candidates, including two Independents, are in the contest for the bye-election.

The BJP, which has dominated the constituency, has nominated Siddharth Kunkolienkar as its candidate. BJP is fighting to retain its hold over the constituency.

Mr Kunkolienkar had won twice from this assembly seat when Mr Parrikar was elevated to Central cabinet as the Defence Minister between 2014 and 2017.

The Congress has fielded its former Minister Atanasio Monserratte, who had lost against Mr Kunkolienkar in the 2017 state Assembly election by over 1,500 votes. Monserratte had contested as an Independent.

Former RSS Goa chief Subhash Velingkar is contesting his first election on Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) ticket. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded Valmiki Naik, who had lost the last assembly election from Panaji in February 2017.

Two Independent candidates Dilip Ghadi and Vijai More are also contesting.

No queues were seen outside the polling stations when the voting began.

Mr Kunkolienkar and Mr Velingkar were amongst the early voters who exercised their franchise at their respective booths.

The counting of votes is scheduled on May 23. 



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